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Guinea Pig Mites!

We often see itchy guinea pigs, many of them have dandruff in their coats (scurf).

The way we decide what is causing the itching and scurf (and therefore the best way to treat the pig) is to look at some scurf under the microscope.

The picture below shows the culprit, it's a fur mite (official name is Chirodiscoides), the photo has been taken down the microscope, the mite is sitting next to a couple of hairs!